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  • Memphis Art Museum • Art Collections in Memphis TN • Dixon
    Dixon Post Food Truck Fridays Give Annual Fund Planned Giving Legacy Giving Plan My Legacy About History Board of Directors Staff and Careers Careers Annual Report Facility Rental Weddings Vow Exchanges Approved Caterers Suggested Vendors Frequently Asked Questions Contact Master Plan Dine Shop Join Membership Reciprocal Museums Gardens Young At Art Cosmopolitans Corporate Membership 1 2 3 4 5 Art Art Current Exhibitions Upcoming Exhibitions Past Exhibitions Collections View Current Exhibitions Thomas Cole The Voyage of Life Childhood 1839 1840 Oil on canvas 52 x 78 inches Munson Williams Proctor Arts Institute Utica New York Museum Purchase 55 105 View Upcoming Exhibitions View Permanent Collection Claude Monet French 1840 1926 Village Street ca 1869 71 Oil on canvas Gift of Cornelia Ritchie and museum purchase 1996 2 6 View Past Exhibitions Present Tense The Art of Memphis from 2011 to Now installation 2012 Coming Up Thursday Feb 11 10 30 AM 11 15 AM NEW SmART Kids ages 4 5 Introduce your child to the Dixon through exciting Friday Feb 12 4 00 PM 5 00 PM Open Studio Sketching in the Galleries Ages 15 and up Bring your sketchbook and supplies and the Dixon Saturday Feb 13 10 00

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  • Memphis Art Museum • Art Museum Memphis • Dixon
    rest All of the works will undergo a conservation assessment when they return to the Dixon During that time some will receive a bit of T L C as they prepare to go back on view to celebrate the Dixon s fortieth anniversary in the spring The Nina and Keith Kattner Collection of American paintings on long term loan to the Dixon offer incredible examples of American art Majestic landscapes from Hudson River School artists William Sonntag John Frederick Kensett and Alfred Bricher and the luminous moody works of Ralph A Blakelock provide an extensive back story to the impressionist inspired styles on view in Scenic Impressions The works on view chart American art s progression towards Modernism from the Hudson River School to Blakelock s emotive canvases and the works of his Tonalist contemporaries A survey of American painting of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries the Kattner Collection provides an in depth look at the development of American painting A selection of American paintings from the Dixon s permanent collection will also be on view in the galleries complementing the Southern Impressionist paintings on view in Scenic Impressions Alfred T Bricher American 1837 1908 The Cliffs at Nahant ca 1885 Oil on canvas 27 x 50 inches Collection of Dr and Mrs Keith Kattner Pinkney Herbert On view in the Catmur Foyer November 1 2015 April 3 2016 Pinkney Herbert has long been a vital member of the Memphis art scene He received a BA from Rhodes College and a MFA from the University of Memphis and has taught art at Memphis University School Memphis College of Art the University of Memphis and Rhodes College After living and working in New York throughout the 1980s in 1992 Herbert returned to Memphis He imported the New York trend of converting unused industrial spaces into art making facilities and founded Marshall Arts a studio space for local national and international artists in the Edge district of Downtown Memphis Herbert s synthesis of Memphis and New York influences plays out in the rhythm and color of his energetic abstract paintings His canvases are a manifestation of the musical compositions that inspire them pulsing with expression and tempered with thoughtfully composed space Image PINKNEY HERBERT Jack 2014 oil and digital print on canvas Courtesy of David Lusk Gallery Amalgamations A Digital Reimagining of the Dixon Gallery and Gardens Permanent Collection by Joshua Brinlee Mallory Wurtzburger Exhibition January 10 April 3 2016 Amalgamations A Digital Reimagining of the Dixon Gallery and Gardens Permanent Collection by Joshua Brinlee is a series of work that gives the Dixon permanent collection new life through digital manipulation Brinlee combines and synthesizes the Dixon s exemplary collection of paintings porcelain and sculpture into new digital collages restoring a different sort of originality to them Image Joshua Brinlee A Joyous Festival of the Commedia Dell Arte 2015 Digital collage C print Courtesy of the artist Thomas Cole s The Voyage of Life Organized by Munson Williams Proctor Art Institute January

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  • Memphis Art Museum • Art Museum Memphis • Exhibitions
    Exhibitions Upcoming Exhibitions Past Exhibitions Collections MEMPHIS FLOWER SHOW The Impressionist Revolution Forty Years of French Art at the Dixon April 15 17 2016 Presented biennially by the Memphis Garden Club the 2016 Memphis Flower Show will exhibit exceptional horticulture botanical photography and brilliant floral interpretations inspired by The Impressionist Revolution Forty Years of French Art at the Dixon The Impressionist Revolution Forty Years of French Art at the Dixon April 24 July 17 2016 The Dixon s much lauded permanent collection returns to view in the galleries in a special exhibition celebrating forty years of French art at the Dixon The Impressionist Revolution Forty Years of French Art at the Dixon tells the remarkable story of Impressionism through the Dixon s permanent collection The Impressionist Revolution chronicles the influences and factors that led to the historic Impressionist Exhibition of 1874 Organized by the Anonymous Society of Painters Sculptors Printmakers etc a group that included Edgar Degas Claude Monet Camille Pissarro and others represented in the Dixon collection the exhibition marked the beginning of the Impressionist movement that subsequently affected the course of Western art The works on view in The Impressionist Revolution demonstrate in how the movement was a crucible for avant garde styles that followed Everyday English The Charlotte Stout Hooker Gift of English and Continental Ceramics July 31 October 9 2016 Organized to coincide with the publication of catalogue of the collection The Charlotte Stout Hooker Gift of English and Continental Ceramics Henri Guérard and the Phenomenon of the Artist s Fan in France 1875 1900 July 31 October 9 2016 Organized by the Dixon Gallery and Gardens Wild Spaces Open Seasons Hunting and Fishing in American Art October 23 2016 January 15 2017 Organized by Amon Carter Museum of American Art Dixon Gallery and Gardens Joslyn

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  • Memphis Art Museum • Art Gallery | The Dixon
    Berger Collection at the Denver Art Museum TL 17310 Lester Julian Merriweather Nothing Is For Ever Last January 11 March 29 2015 On view in the Mallory Wurtzburger Galleries Merriweather has long been a vital and visible member of the Memphis Arts Community Recently Merriweather has employed photographic imagery in the form of collage placing cut paper sourced from magazine advertisements onto large painted canvases With a collection of works based on the juxtaposition of mythological and pop cultural references Merriweather addresses the materialism of modern life He references the historical context in which commercial culture originated by using collage in recognizable genres such as marine landscapes and mythological scenes In the works on view in Nothing Is For Ever Last ships sail over oceans filled with riches cut from today s magazines challenging viewers to connect contemporary capitalism with the colonial conquests of long ago Hybrid after Murakami 2014 12x9 cut paper collage Rodin The Human Experience October 19 January 4 Rodin The Human Experience is organized and made possible by the Iris B Gerald Cantor Foundation and is presented in memory of John Buchanan director of the Dixon from 1986 to 1994 Auguste Rodin 1840 1917 was arguably the most celebrated sculptor of the nineteenth century and was regarded as the greatest sculptor since Michelangelo The remarkable works of Rodin will make their triumphant return to the Dixon Gallery and Gardens with Rodin The Human Experience an exhibition of fifty one works in bronze Rodin The Human Experience examines the artist s multi faceted explorations of the human figure in bronze ranging from small scale sketches to the artist s well known monumental works Alongside commissioned works of specific individuals will be Rodin s sculptural experiments with the human figure ranging in style from the classically inspired to the gothic Visitors to the exhibition will be greeted in Garrott Court by the monumental sculpture The Three Shades Rodin s interpretation of the souls of the damned who stand at the entrance to hell in Dante s Inferno Auguste Rodin Large Hand of a Pianist 1885 cast 9 12 1969 Bronze Iris and B Gerald Cantor Foundation Sponsored by First Tennessee Arts First Campbell Clinic RBM Ventures Foy and Bill Coolidge Liz and Tommy Farnsworth Chantal and Jeff Johnson Nell R Levy Nancy and Steve Morrow Chris and Dan Richards Susan Adler Thorp in memory of Herta and Dr Justin H Adler Doctors Susan and Bill Warner Adele and Beasley Wellford 20Twelve Portraits and Figures Works by Joyce Gingold and Carl Moore October 12 2014 January 4 2015 Portraits and Figures Works by Joyce Gingold and Carl Moore places Gingold s austere and beautiful sculptural figures opposite the graphic and colorful and lines of Carl Moore s paintings for a contemporary take on the age old examination of the human figure Carl E Moore Mother and Child 2 2014 Acrylic on canvas panel Courtesy of the artist Sponsored by Suzanne and Neely Mallory Mary and Charles Wurtzburger Two Works by Greely Myatt October 12 January 4 2015 Greely Myatt has two of his innovative works on view in the Catmur Foyer welcoming visitors to the museum Behind the front desk Greely is showing his The Thinker a typically wry reflection on Rodin s own well known masterpiece Also in Catmur Foyer Greely s The Three Shades does the talking for Rodin s brooding monument on view in Garrott Court Memphis Milano 1980s Italian Design APRIL 13 JULY 13 A retrospective look at the flamboyant and colorful furniture and household objects produced by the Memphis collective between 1981 and 1988 Based in Milan these iconoclastic architects and designers helped define the look of a generation Memphis Milano includes over 150 iconic works that date from its founding in 1981 through 1988 when the group disbanded By then Memphis was already part of design history Sponsored by Karen and Dr Preston Dorsett Liz and Tommy Farnsworth and Nancy and Steve Morrow Marco Zanini Dublin sofa 1981 Plastic laminate metal and synthetic fabric Private collection Charles Courtney Curran Seeking the Ideal July 27 October 5 Formally trained at the National Academy of Design in New York Charles Courtney Curran proved his talent early in his career by winning the third Halgarten Prize at the Academy s annual juried exhibition in 1888 for his painting A Breezy Day 1887 He used the prize money to finance a move to Paris in 1889 to study painting and refine his skills Curran returned to the United States in 1891 and established a studio in New York that remained active for the next fifty years In the summer of 1903 he travelled to Cragsmoor NewYork home to a vibrant artist colony He later built a summer home there and used the area s majestic vistas as inspirationfor his work Curran enjoyed a long and successful career over which he created more than 800 works of art Charles Courtney Curran Seeking the Ideal is the first retrospective of the artist since his death in 1942 The work of Charles Courtney Curran reflects the aesthetic movements that influenced American art in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries naturalism Symbolism and perhaps the most evident Impressionism The exhibitionmirrors the artist s progression through these influenceswhile revealing the beautiful luminosity consistent in all of hiscanvases and his versatility as an artist His pursuit of ideal beauty was not only achieved by painting elegant subjects but also through the careful organization of his compositions his handling of symbolic light his thoughtful approach to proportion and format and especially through his impeccable painting technique Sixty significant paintings drawn from public and private collections around the country will highlight the idyllic garden scenes for which Curran is known and will explore common themes in his oeuvre Charles Courtney Curran Shadow Decoration 1887 Oil on canvas 18 x 32 inches Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center Vassar College Poughkeepsie New York Purchase 1887 2 Memphis Illustrated April 13 July 6 2014 Sponsored by Suzanne and Neely Mallory and Mary and Charles Wurtzburger In today s digital age the lines between illustration and fine art have been blurred traditional illustrators often also work as graphic designers and use computers to aid them in the creation of their art Memphis Illustrated brings together a group of local artists all working within a medium that is increasingly difficult to define Using the poster as a unifying format Memphis Illustrated displays a range of styles and methods from illustration to typography Personal and commercial projects from Derrick Dent Michelle Duckworth John Lee Kong Wee Pang and others will be on view demonstrating the convergence of hand drawn and digital design From the whimsical to the didactic and stylized the posters on view in Memphis Illustrated provide a sample of the varied talents of Memphis artists John Lee The Jewels of Aptor 2013 Graphite acrylic and Photoshop on paper Courtesy of the artist Color American Photography Transformed January 19 March 23 2014 Organized by the Amon Carter Museum of American Art Fort Worth Texas Color American Photography Transformed is organized by the Amon Carter Museum of Art and is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts Photography today means color Color American Photography Transformed tells the fascinating story of color s integration into American fine art photography and how its acceptance revolutionized the practice of art More than seventy photographs on view in Color document the transformation of color photography from the Civil War Era to today Sponsored by Rose M Johnston and Nancy and Steve Morrow Sandy Skoglund Revenge of the Goldfish 1980 Silver dye bleach print St Louis Art Museum Gift of Mr and Mrs Fielding Lewis Holmes Wait Watchers Photography by Haley Morris Cafiero January 19 March 30 2014 Wait Watchers features a selection of photographs that provide a survey of social experiences from around the world Using a camera on a tripod or bench Memphis photographer Haley Morris Cafiero photographs herself performing mundane tasks in public areas in full view of onlookers The resulting images reverse the gaze of those that appear visually troubled by Morris Cafiero s appearance revealing a certain truth about how the public views overweight women I consider my photographs a social experiment and I travel the world in an attempt to photograph the reactions of a diverse pool of passersby she says I seek out places that are beautifully lit allow for an interesting composition and if possible set up a scene that references ideal feminine beauty and societal expectations In February of 2013 The Huffington Post interviewed Morris Cafiero about her Wait Watchers series The interview produced a flood of comments internet coverage and international interest in her work Morris Cafiero is currently an Associate Professor and Head of the Photography Department at Memphis College of Art Sponsored by Suzanne and Neely Mallory and Mary and Charles Wurtzburger Haley Morris Cafiero Cops 2011 Digital c print 17 x 16 inches Courtesy of the artist Haley Morris Cafiero 2013 Augusta Savage s Gamin January 19 March 23 2014 Around 1930 Augusta Savage working amidst the creative buzz of the Harlem Renaissance created Gamin a poignant representation of one of New York City s many street urchins The intimate bust length sculpture instantly garnered attention in New York art circles leading to a scholarship that financed her first trip to Paris Celebrating the Dixon s recent acquisition of this landmark sculpture this exhibition looks at Savage and Gamin and their place in the larger context of early twentieth century African American art Surrounded by works by such notable artists as Elizabeth Catlett Aaron Douglas and Bob Thompson Augusta Savage s Gamin reveals the emotions history and politics that informed Savage s work and that of her contemporaries Sponsored by the John and Susan Horseman Foundation for American Art Augusta Savage Gamin ca 1930Painted plaster Collection of the Dixon Gallery and Gardens Brian Russell Continuum October 27 2013 January 12 2014 Continuum celebrates the past fifteen years of Brian Russell s thoughtful and innovative cast glass and forged metal sculptures His larger works will appear in the gardens while his more intimately scaled objects are on view in the Mallory and Wurtzburger Galleries Russell s smaller works feature glass cast in simplified shapes resting in minimalist bronze bases His large outdoor sculptures allow his glass to more actively interact with the elongated curvilinear lines of his metalwork The painstaking process of creating and casting colored glass and connecting it to forged metal is unique to Russell s work In recent years Russell has turned the focus of his metal work to aluminum whose malleability lends a sense of immediacy to his finished sculptures Their modern fluidity contrasts with the ancient techniques used to produce them creating an active tension between glass and metal elements Ashe to Amen African Americans and Biblical Imagery Sunday October 20 2013 Sunday January 5 2014 Ashe to Amen African Americans and Biblical Imagery examines the breadth of African American artists interpretations of Biblical stories and traditions in historic and contemporary art The exhibition includes fifty nine works of art and design that date from the late nineteenth century to the present with nearly fifty artists many of whom are still active today Organized by the Museum of Biblical Art New York Jared Small The Good Samaritan 2012 Oil on panel Collection of Brad and Dina Martin Made in Dixon Sunday September 15 2013 Sunday October 20 2013 Made in Dixon returns to the Mallory and Wurtzburger Galleries to showcase all of the art created by participants in the Dixon s fourteen educational programs in the past year With a multitude a media by artists of all ages Made in Dixon joyfully illustrates the Dixon s commitment to our community through education in the visual arts Love the Leaf Sunday July 14 2013 Sunday September 08 2013 Last fall the Dixon mounted an awareness campaign entitled Love the Leaf that encourages Memphians to discover and enjoy the wonders of art and nature at the Dixon In 2013 members of the Dixon and the community were invited to submit works of their own creation illustrating how they love the leaf for a chance to see their work displayed in our Mallory and Wurtzburger galleries The works of art of our members and supporters chosen for Love the Leaf is an expression of how the Dixon has inspired interesting and creative ways to love the leaf Claudia Tullos Leonard Parrot Tulips 2012 Oil on canvas Courtesy of the artist Picturing America Signature Works from the Westmoreland Museum of American Art August 4 2013 October 6 2013 Fifty six works from the Westmoreland s permanent collection comprise this exhibition that spans 200 years of American art from colonial times to the mid twentieth century as America came into its own as the cultural capital of the world Located in Greensburg Pennsylvania the Westmoreland Museum of American Art was founded in 1959 due to the generosity of Mary Marchand Woods the widow of Cyrus E Woods a distinguished statesman and diplomat While undergoing a major expansion and renovation scheduled for completion in 2015 we are proud to travel this exhibition to four venues and share these signature works from our collection Seen through the subject areas of portraiture still life and landscape painting the artists represented in this exhibition serve as a survey of American art beginning in the colonial period with paintings by John Singleton Copley Benjamin West and Charles Willson Peale The Peale dynasty of artists is further represented through works by Rembrandt Rubens and Mary Jane Peale Portraitist Cecilia Beaux only recently reclaiming the national reputation she had during her lifetime is represented by two paintings a loving portrayal of her maternal grandmother a woman who was an enduring force in the artist s life and her only known still life William Merritt Chase the great teacher of many of the twentieth century masters reveals the surety of his brush in Lady in Pink Mary Cassatt one of the most recognized names in American art shows her signature impressionist style and maternal subject matter in Mother and Two Children Organized by the Westmoreland Museum of American Art Greensburg PA Image Rembrandt Peale 1778 1860 Portrait of George Washington c 1824 Oil on canvas 36 x 29 inches 42 3 8 x 35 ¾ x 4 inche Gift of the William A Coulter Fund 1958 37 Bijoux parisiens French Jewelry from the Petit Palais Paris Sunday April 28 2013 Sunday July 21 2013 ORGANIZED BY THE PETIT PALAIS PARIS AND THE DIXON GALLERY AND GARDENS Bijoux parisiens French Jewelry from the Petit Palais Paris brings to Memphis iconic and inimitable jewels from the famous French jewelry houses of Falize Boucheron Lalique Cartier and others The exhibition tells the dazzling story of French jewelry from the seventeenth to the twentieth centuries and draws from the extensive collection of fine jewelry drawings paintings and fashion prints from the Petit Palais in Paris one of the great art museums of France Bijoux parisiens features nearly seventy works of jewelry and over 200 design paintings fashion prints and photographs tracing changing styles from the Neoclassicism of the Napoleonic era through the Art Deco Rubies sapphires diamonds and emeralds sparkle in brooches necklaces and earrings but also in elegant paintings of jewelry design The exhibition fuses fashion art and history through beautiful suites of objects Bijoux parisiens illustrates the exhibitions events and influences that helped establish the great Parisian maisons that are household names today Bijoux parisiens marks the second collaboration with the Petit Palais after the retrospective exhibition Jean Louis Forain La Comédie parisienne in 2011 The exhibition is accompanied by a full color hardcover catalogue authored by Gilles Chazal and Martine Chazal of the Petit Palais featuring an introduction by Dixon director Kevin Sharp Artist Unknown Portugal Devant de Corsage ca 1760 Tourmaline quartz and silver Pam Cobb River Visions Sunday April 21 2013 Sunday July 07 2013 Sponsored by Suzanne and Neely Mallory and Mary and Charles Wurtzburger Memphis native and long time art educator Pam Cobb s work is rooted in nature and her experiences interacting with various bodies of water Painting and sculpture water and landscape all merge in the carved panels of her most recent work River Visions brings together large diptychs and small scale works influenced by the artist s ongoing connection to water notably the Tennessee River Pam Cobb Carved Series I 2012 Acrylic goldleaf on wood panel Courtesy of Jay Etkin Gallery Present Tense Memphis Artists of the Future Juried Student Show Sunday February 03 2013 Sunday April 14 2013 The Mallory Wurtzburger companion show to Present Tense displays an amazing group of works from talented local high school students Painting drawing and photography from students at White Station High School Hutchison School St Agnes Academy Lausanne Collegiate School and Bolton Agricultural High School represent the next generation of art from Memphis This exhibition of artists in progress demonstrates how dedicated educators in Memphis are working hard to cultivate the creative young people in our city Kyle Owens White Station High School Shirt Sleeves Charcoal on paper Sustainable Sculpture Works in Cardboard Tuesday April 09 2013 Sunday April 14 2013 This project was made possible by a generous gift of corrugated cardboard from International Paper For one week this spring Memphis College of Art juniors and seniors in Assistant Professor Elizabeth Brown s Sustainable Sculpture Works in Cardboard class will showcase their outdoor creations on the grounds of the Dixon Gardens The sculptures made completely or mostly out of cardboard draw on the students inspiration from the link between nature and culture While all sculptures relate to the show s overarching theme individual works also touch on ideas of life and death transformation transience of time and objects gender beauty history competition animal nature of humans the relationship of the insect world with the human world and music The exhibition

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  • Memphis Art Museum • Art Collections | The Dixon
    Plan Dine Shop Join Membership Reciprocal Museums Gardens Young At Art Cosmopolitans Corporate Membership 1 2 3 4 5 Collections Collections Fine Arts Decorative Arts The Dixon s permanent collection started as a gift of twenty six paintings from our founders Margaret and Hugo Dixon Through generous gifts bequests and museum purchases the Dixon s collection has grown to over 2 000 fine art and decorative arts objects With the addition of the Warda Stevens Stout Collection of eighteenth century German Porcelain the Adler Pewter Collection and many others the Dixon s permanent collection has expanded to include American art and a world class collection of decorative art The Dixon s permanent collection of French paintings will travel to the Munson Williams Proctor Art Institute in Utica NY during the 2015 renovations and will return at the beginning of 2016 View Fine Art Collection View Decorative Arts Collection Take a virtual tour of our museum and gardens along with many of the works in our permanent collection at our Google Art Project page For fine art image requests please contact Kristen Kimberling ext 145 Coming Up Thursday Feb 11 10 30 AM 11 15 AM NEW SmART Kids ages 4

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  • Fine Arts | Memphis Museums | The Dixon
    life portraits and figure paintings form the core of the Dixon s paintings collection Works by Edgar Degas Claude Monet Berthe Morisot Camille Pissarro Pierre Auguste Renoir and Henri de Toulouse Lautrec illustrate the many artistic innovations that occurred during this period Decades after the Impressionists first challenged the notion of what painting should be works by Paul Cézanne Henri Matisse and Georges Seurat illustrate how artists continued to deconstruct those traditional notions indelibly changing the course of modern art Sculpture The Dixon has augmented this area of the collection over the years with important gifts and acquisitions From terracotta sculptures by Jean Baptiste Carpeaux and Albert Ernest Carrier Belleuse to works in bronze by iconic masters like Auguste Rodin the Dixon s sculpture collection can be enjoyed both inside the galleries and throughout the seventeen acres that form the Dixon gardens With the addition of Augusta Savage s Gamin ca 1930 in 2013 and Paul Gasq s Blacksmith ca 1900 in 2014 this area of the Dixon s permanent collection continues to grow Works on Paper The Dixon boasts a distinguished collection of prints and drawings by some of the great graphic artists of the 1800s and 1900s These works often reveal much about the society in which they were produced and therefore provide a kind of visual commentary on fin de siècle social mores Among the many masterworks in this area of the collection are Edgar Degas Dancing Adjusting Her Shoe 1885 and Woman Breathing in Flowers 1883 by Jean Louis Forain the youngest and most incisive of the Impressionists The Dixon is the major repository for Jean Louis Forain s work in the United States Other graphic artists represented in the Dixon s permanent collection include Honoré Daumier Paul César Helleu Winslow Homer and Maurice Prendergast Take

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  • Decorative Arts | Art Museum Memphis | The Dixon
    Gardens received an important group of 18th and 19th century English porcelain from the Charlotte Stout Hooker Collection For Mrs Hooker a long time Dixon board member collecting is not just a pastime but a passion and a family tradition Her mother Warda Stevens Stout assembled one of the world s great collections of 18th century German porcelain which she bequeathed to the Dixon in 1985 Mrs Stout passed her love of porcelain on to her daughter Charlotte along with a small collection that would be the start of an extraordinary body of work in its own right Her acquisitive nature resulted in a large and encyclopedic collection that the magazine Art and Antiques named one of the top 100 in the United States The collection includes some of the rarest and most unique objects produced by the Chelsea Derby Bow and Worcester manufactories as well as works from other factories in England When combined with her mother s earlier bequest Mrs Hooker s remarkable contribution to the Dixon has made our porcelain holdings among the most significant in the world Pewter On view in the Winegardner Auditorium Four centuries of pewter from Europe and the United States are represented in the Adler Pewter Collection The bulk of domestic pewter that survives dates from the sixteenth through eighteenth centuries All of the most common domestic objects during this period from dishes and tankards to measures and candlesticks were made in pewter Imported from Europe to America in colonial times pewter enjoyed great popularity in the New World and became the primary utilitarian ware in the colonies Pewter forms often mimicked styles found in other media such as porcelain and silver though due to its utilitarian use pewter was generally only decorated for ecclesiastical use or to serve as a commemorative

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  • Memphis Gardens • Gardens in Memphis • Tour the Gardens
    preserve the integrity of the woodlands Pathways linking different parts of the garden together reveal only a portion of the garden at any one time The tree canopy comprised mainly of oaks and hickories became the framework for the garden design based upon a formal cross axis plan Memphis Garden Club Cutting Garden Built in 1998 the Memphis Garden Club Cutting Garden is a working flower farm with something in bloom nearly twelve months of the year The floral arrangements you will see inside the museum are usually created from flowers grown in the Cutting Garden and greenhouse grown flowers There are as many as thirty different types of plants and flowers growing at one time in this area including displays of roses annuals and perennials The conservatory houses the Dixon s collection of tropical plants and the fountain designed by Alabama sculptor Frank Fleming is an expression of the four seasons The small slab of slate leading up to a frog sculpture was added to allow newborn frogs to climb from the fountain See more of Dixon in Memphis Woodland Garden At two acres the largest of gardens that make up the Dixon s property the Woodland Garden is a canopy of oaks and hickories understory dogwoods ferns wildflowers and other plants native to the Mid South On the north side of the garden a water feature is made up of three ten foot interlocking rings which illustrates the relationship between people plants and water quality See more of Dixon in Memphis Formal Gardens The Formal Gardens are an area of peaceful seclusion at the Dixon Surrounded by four species of boxwood the Formal Gardens exhibit sacred geometry a design with origins in ancient Persia The Formal Gardens are composed of three rooms the first at the north end

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